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Subject: So. Studies/Sciences: Geography/Cultures

The Southeast Asia Series

A series of independently produced documentaries, filmed on-location, blending historical background with contemporary studies of countries and cultures of Southeast Asia. Programs available on 11 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in an 11-Disc Set. For pricing call in US: 800.876.2447/Intl. Click for more

Cambodia and Thailand: Temples of Glory

Cambodia and Thailand: Temples of Glory

"Recommended. Compares and contrasts the treatment of national treasures, the ancient temples at Angkor in Cambodia and Ayutthaya in Thailand. A check on the web will confirm that both Angkor and Ayutthaya are on current tourist itineraries." -EMR Online
"Recommended. A lesson in comparative histories of two states of ancient Southeast Asia, this program focuses on two ancient capitals: Ayutthaya of ancient Siam (now Thailand) and Angkor in present-day Cambodia." -VRG Review
Rome has its Colosseum, Athens its Parthenon; tremendous structures that remind us of glorious days of the past. This classic program, narrated by Nancy Cooper, introduces viewers to lesser-known, but equally inspiring, "temples of glory." First we explore Angkor Wat, the largest and most magnificent of the Cambodian capitals, originally built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Though restoration was interrupted in the 1970s and 80s due to civil war and Khmer Rouge control of the country, a considerable amount of work continues to preserve the temple that is a symbol of Cambodian pride and is even depicted in its national flag. Our lesson in comparative histories continues with Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire, established in the late twelfth century by the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII; here we view its magnificent grounds, including the richly decorated Bayon temple. Next we travel to Thailand and from the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok we cruise down the Chao Phraya River, known at the "river of the kings," to visit the ancient city of Ayutthaya, which was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350; it was one of Indo-China's most prosperous cities and remained the capital of the country until it was destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767. 209 years later the old city was declared a historical park; then in 1981 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and today remains one of Thailand's most popular destinations to visit. Produced by Canthai Productions. 03/09DE IJSCA 30 min.
Associated Article: Rescuing Angkor -Smithsonian Magazine
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